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21 December 2008 @ 09:16 pm
Les Semaines December 21: Snow and Rumours of Snow  
Thundersnow? The hell? Snow hurricane? Where am I living? I mean, there are reasons I live in the Pacific Northwest. I like rain.

Snow is fun, in small doses. A day or two, here and there. Enough to play in and then watch go away. Not more each day. That's just not right.

And what of this thundersnow? Can that be a real word? I heard it on the news and read it in the online paper. Well, and I saw the flash and heard the rumbling. Luckily the snow hurricane didn't quite hit as badly as they predicted and certainly not around here.

This whole thing started with the schools here were closed a whole day (Wednesday) just on the rumour of snow that never came. I raced through a bunch of errands hoping to beat it (boy I'm glad I did as said errands included collecting both cat and human food) and no snow came that day at all.

It did come the next two days, slick stuff, enough to keep me home two days from work. Last night we got about four inches, and it's snowing as I type this. It's beyond beautiful, of course. And I'm not a person who minds--no, actually I really enjoy--being housebound. The only time I've left the house in the last four days was when our neighbours took us out grocery shopping in their four-wheel drive. Jim has been out shoveling and dusting off the cars (why? it's not like we're going to be taking them out anywhere), while I've been baking, doing holiday cards, cleaning the house...

The house I am bound in. Don't you love the haws so red on our hawthorn tree? This photo is from the first day of the snow--we have about three times that amount right now, and it's still snowing. This can't be Seattle. We have somehow slipped back to Montana. (Photo courtesy of our across-the-street neighbours.)

Though I'm cleaning the house just for us. Our writing retreat yesterday was cancelled due to the slick streets and my parents cancelled their trip down here for Christmas. They were going to come in tomorrow, but no. It's stressful enough Dad to drive here (he hates the freeways here, with good reason) but the snow definitely put the kibosh on their trip. Maybe they'll come down in January. We'll see.

In the meantime, this will be Jim's and my second Christmas ever alone. We've always had my parents or friends and both.

The only good thing is that the snow makes it awfully bright for the dark of the year. Light and bright even at night.

Happy solstice, all.

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Phoebeph_unbalanced on December 22nd, 2008 06:41 am (UTC)
*Technically* the name for a thunderstorm with snow is a blizzard. Of course, blizzard has come to mean anytime it snows a lot, so now we need a new word for it. Don't you just love English?

Glad you're keeping warm and safe.
Neile Grahamneile on December 22nd, 2008 07:14 am (UTC)
Wow, I've never heard it used that way, only as the really serious can't-see-through-it snowstorm.

Such a great word, "blizzard".

Trust you're keeping safe and warm, too. I know of too many people hanging around airports.
Sherwood Smithsartorias on December 22nd, 2008 02:57 pm (UTC)
Haws! Wow, something new.

Stay warm!
pamrentz on December 22nd, 2008 08:42 pm (UTC)
Looks like my family is staying home, too. They actually set out from No. California this morning but were turned back less than an hour from home. It's kinda disappointing. And kinda a relief since we don't have a tree and aren't at all ready. Now I'm under the gun for Xmas dinner for three. eek.